Trail camera – badgers and a polecat

I’ve been using my trail camera quite a bit over the past few weeks, mainly at two badger setts.

It’s been good to see some familiar faces and a surprise visitor. A polecat.

Polecats nearly became extinction through persecution, but now can be found in some parts of England, Scotland and Wales. Polecats live in woodlands, along riverbanks and marshy areas. Their main prey is rabbits.


This week also saw the Oxon Mammal Group AGM and film night.

Local Mammal groups are a great way to learn from others and gain experience in surveying, trapping and ecology. To find people who share the same interests and, with Oxon Mammal Group, a chance to see a fantastic selection of winter talks and lectures.

Thank you to Oxon mammals for my ‘Golden Bunny’ award

Oxon mammals

After the AGM everybody who wanted to was able to share their favourite films and photographs.

Here is my contribution – a film I made a couple of years ago.

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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9 Responses to Trail camera – badgers and a polecat

  1. Cool, nice one Alex! Funny & cute footage to end your video on. 😀

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  2. Tony says:

    I once saw three Polecats in one day, whether they were true-breds is hard to be sure, though. Two were seen from keepered lands and the other was on a main road. All were live specimens. What you state here, needs reiterating as the good gamekeepers try to get some kind of balance which allows their vested interests to thrive alongside the majority of the wildlife. “Polecats nearly became extinction through persecution, but now can be found in some parts of England, Scotland and Wales.” They truly are bouncing back now.

    Best Wishes

    Tony Powell and naturestimeline

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  3. Your badger film is amazing, Alex. I have never seen so many in one location.

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  4. CT says:

    The polecat is fab! And I always love to see badgers.

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  5. Love the badger footage!

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